NRDC Crowdfunds Rooftop Solar for Schools
Clean Edge News
The Natural Resources Defense Council has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support a new initiative
to help schools purchase and install rooftop solar systems that can provide clean, renewable energy.
The crowdfunding campaign--a first for NRDC--initially seeks to raise $54,000 through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to help three to five
to-be-determined schools move forward with solar rooftop projects. At least one of the locations will be selected by contributors to the
campaign, who can vote on the city of their choice.
For a straight-from-students video about NRDC's "Solar Schools: Power Classrooms, Empowering Communities" campaign, see
As part of the campaign, NRDC also is developing an online platform that local schools can use to navigate the sometimes confusing pathway to
obtain solar power. The site will detail state and local rules regarding solar power installations across America, and connect schools and
communities with organizations and experts that can support them each step of the way.
The benefits to local schools and students can be substantial. In California, for instance, the Firebaugh-Las Deltas United School District
was able to reinstate a music program for 2,300 students after installing solar on its schools, thanks to an estimated $900,000 in energy cost
savings. Students also get a first-hand look at how solar energy works, and a real life lesson on why science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) is important.
NRDC is partnering with several other organizations on the campaign, including The Solar Foundation, Community Power Network, Bonneville
Environmental Foundation (Solar 4R Schools) and Three Birds Foundation.